'''Dorothy Leigh Sayers''' ( ;
[Often pronounced , but Sayers herself preferred and encouraged the use of her middle initial to facilitate this pronunciation. ]
13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was a renowned English people|English crime writer
, translator, and Christian humanism|Christian humanist
. She was also a student of classical and modern languages.
She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and Detective fiction|amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey
, which remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante Alighieri|Dante
's ''Divine Comedy
'' to be her best work. She is also known for her Plays of Dorothy L. Sayers|plays
, literary criticism, and essays.